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Woody Wood Wacker - The Wooden Bead Maker

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Project by BigFoot Products Canada posted 12-30-2011 10:55 PM 4193 views 12 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My latest contraption.. After getting into a discussion group about this subject a while back where a guy was using a drill and a tin can …I liked the end result… but nothing else.. A drill?? How long would that last.. A tin can?? How noisy would that be?? Having to shut it off every ten minutes to empty the sawdust??? Not for me…
Sooooooooooooooo meet WoodyWoodWacker…...
Watch the VIDEO Here..>>> WoodyWoodWacker Video! ..................................:)

I’m now working on a seperate tumber for fine sanding and polishing..
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Woodbutcher3

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#1 posted 12-31-2011 12:05 AM

Hey, great inovation – a lot of us are trying to “find a better way”. Looks like you got a good thing goin’ there! I have a couple bukets of “blanks” waiting for this treatment!

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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rance

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#2 posted 12-31-2011 12:09 AM

Nice job. I too have built one but not yet finished it(the story of my life). I had the same contentions you had with his.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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spanky46

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#3 posted 12-31-2011 12:19 AM

Nice gad-git! All I can think of you will soon have a lot more balls than you did!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#4 posted 12-31-2011 12:24 AM

Cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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BigFoot Products Canada

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#5 posted 12-31-2011 02:05 AM

Hey IF nothing else… If someone busts my balls I can at least make new ones..:)

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ChrisMc45

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#6 posted 12-31-2011 02:10 AM

I never would have even dreamed of such a contraption, not sure what discussion group that was. I can see uses like filling a gumball machine, making beaded jewelry, treats for young’uns.
Pretty cool, goo on you

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#7 posted 12-31-2011 04:57 AM

Very cool contraption David

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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ShopTinker

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#8 posted 12-31-2011 06:14 AM

Very clever design. I’m wondering if you drilled a small hole through the wood block, before it was tumbled, would you get a bead or a doughnut?

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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BigFoot Products Canada

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#9 posted 12-31-2011 01:53 PM

I realize the build is not that pretty, but I was winging the design from start to finish.. and I really didn’t know if this would work or not..
So excuse the looks…..:)

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Woodbutcher3

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#10 posted 12-31-2011 03:55 PM

I like the fact you lasered it with and O-fficial branding – I wish I had one a those contraptions along with a good CNC. Rance (above) is on the verge of finishing his 3 year CNC machine. Can’t wait to try that!

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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BigFoot Products Canada

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#11 posted 12-31-2011 04:14 PM

I took a good look at the CNC routers.. before I decided on buying a laser.. I really did not like the outcome with a router on softwoods and having to change bits all the time and the fact that the bits get dull.. soooo… although the Laser was WAY more expensive it won out.. I’ve never regreted buying it, but it is a VERY expensive toy at this point.. Now that I’ve retired I’m thinking of maybe making some money with it..

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woodsmithshop

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#12 posted 12-31-2011 05:23 PM

I am wondering if a reloaders brass tumbler with sand blasting material in it would work for finish sanding the balls.
that way you would not have to change out sand paper so often, and it may give a finer finish. just curious. great job on the wood wacker.

-- Smitty!!!

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Woodbutcher3

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#13 posted 12-31-2011 05:44 PM

Yes – I had green eyes knowing what was under the blanket behind the ball bucket! What size is it?

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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BigFoot Products Canada

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#14 posted 12-31-2011 06:43 PM

The work area on the laser is 36” x 24” You can read all of the specs here if your interested.. Laser Specs
It has a power up-down table also so you can do really thick items.. 15”.. The machine itself is VERY large.. It will not go through an average doorway.. it’s too big. Wieght is approx: 700lbs.. I bought some additional add-ons for it as well.. Different focal length lenses etc.. etc..

@ Woodsmith…. That’s a possibility and a good suggestion. I was actually thinking of building a slow speed tumbler.. never thought about the sand blasting material though.. you could be on to something with that idea.. It’s all experimental.. but I like your thinking.. I don’t have a brass container though .. Would that material work in something else ..like a heavy plastic pail??? I just bought a 80 rpm speed reducer mechanism out of an old fabric factory..

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3Gwoodguy

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#15 posted 12-31-2011 07:43 PM

Man, I love ingenuity! Thanks for sharing.

-- "The beatings will continue until moral improves" -- Bart Ridings, Illinois

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